The Times West Virginian

Mickey Furfari

February 12, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: Carey, Huggins have WVU teams on hot rolls

MORGANTOWN — Coach Mike Carey of the West Virginia women’s nationally No. 13 ranked basketball team could be the best he’s had in 13 years at the helm.

“I am very pleased where we are this season,” he said earlier this week. “We have five seniors and they have done a great job leading this team.”

It was suggested that Carey, a veteran of 26 years in collegiate coaching, also has done a great job directing this women’s basketball program.

Carey said this is probably as good and as deep of a squad as he has put together here.

“We’re very comfortable putting in nine players during the course of a game at any time,” he explained.

This year’s team is especially impressive defensively. With sophomore guard Bria Holmes scoring a career high 31 points, the Mountaineers (20-3, 9-2 Big 12) crushed Kansas State, 84-44, at the Coliseum last Saturday.

Such a rare 40-point victory extended the team’s winning streak to three games. That also enabled the Mountaineers to climb to No. 13 from No. 17 in this week’s The Associated Press Poll.

West Virginia’s women also are in second place in the conference, behind Baylor.

Asked whether anyone sticks out in his mind at that moment, the veteran coach replied, “It is probably Asya Bussie, especially on defense. She does a lot better (in that area). Bussie is a 6-foot-4 senior and as the starting center does a better job than others defensively. She goes over there and helps so well with the players on our team.”

Bussie is from Randallstown, Md.

The Mountaineers will be taking a three-game winning streak to Oklahoma on Thursday for another league contest. The Sooners have an overall record of 16-9 and they are 6-5 in league play.

The WVU women will have only six games remaining on the regular-season schedule after the visit to Norman, Okla. Four of those will be played in Morgantown.

Carey now has taken 12 teams to 20-win seasons. The current No. 13 national ranking is the highest in the program since it was No. 12 on Nov. 19, 2012.

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